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Dan Reed (left) and Garrett Harding (right) will be traveling to Russia to compete in the Kitaev Cup.Dan Reed (left) and Garrett Harding (right) will be traveling to Russia to compete in the Kitaev Cup.

Harding and Reed set to travel to Russia

     Two Patriot wrestlers, Garrett Harding and Daniel Reed, will be traveling to Russia in mid-December to compete in Kitaev Cup.

     The Kitaev Cup is named for Head Olympic Coach Sergei Kitaev. Sergei is a two time Junior National Champ in USSR, a four time All-USSR Senior Level Wrestler, a three time World Gran-Prix Alexander Medved Champion, a World Supercup Champion in Germany. He was the Head Olympic Coach for Belarus from 2008-2012, and he coached 12 medalists in the European World Championships including a World Champion in the heavyweight division in 2011.

     The trip begins Wednesday, December 17th when they fly out of New York City to Moscow, Russia. Then on Friday, December 19th they will get to tour the city of Moscow, practice at the Olympic Village with the Belarusian National Team, and then they will travel to Orsha, Belarus by train. On Saturday they will get to tour the city of Orsha and prepare for the Kitaev Cup. The Kitaev Cup will then take place on Sunday, December 21st. On December 22nd and 23rd they will visit the Olympic Village and the surrounding area; they will also head back to Moscow by train. Then on Wednesday, December 24th they will fly back to the United States.

     Both expressed their excitement in representing not only St. Catharine, but also the United States. “I’m looking forward to going out of the United States and to experience wrestling out of the states. This is a great opportunity to wrestle against the best of the best” noted Garrett Harding.

     Dan Reed also noted what he’s looking forward to. “I am looking forward to their way of living and their culture. I am also looking forward to training with the best and being able to learn from the best. I am very excited to be representing the United States.”

     Head Coach Spencer Adams noted of the opportunity, “This is probably the first time that we’ve had someone competing overseas. There are a lot of Division-I schools that don’t get this opportunity.” “I think it’s a great opportunity for the both of them [Garrett and Dan].” Adams believes that this will happen in the future, “I hope to be able to send more of our guys in the future.”
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